Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts

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1. You know what's getting old? Taking the mature, high road in various arenas of my life. That seems to be the theme of my 2016, me opting to stay quiet and semi-classy, rather than not going off on people like I may want to. I can think of at least four BIG things I've chosen to "be good" about and it's killing me. And if I have to keep doing it, I think I should get... a prize. My tongue hurts from all the biting. 

Mini-rant over. Phew. 

2. I am reading Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg right now and am really, really enjoying it. It's very depressing, of course, since the book opens with a fire that kills a couple right before their wedding, as well as two other men, but I appreciate the multiple perspectives and thread of hope that is lurking in the background. 

3. I've wanted to take an Orange Theory class for FOREVER, but haven't been able to because the studio nearest me has a really horrible schedule and is thirty minutes to get to. I just got a flyer in the mail yesterday alerting me that they're putting one in the shopping center three minutes away from my house. I yelped with glee.

4. I think I found someone to do my next tattoo, so we're one step closer to that happening. 

5. I'm not sure how much longer I can resist the urge to buy this dress. I need another dress like I need a hole in my head, but I always buy something new for parent-teacher conferences, and they are just two or so weeks away... And this one is perfect for fall tights and boots. We all have our vices. Mine? Diet Coke and dresses.

6. I made these muffins over the weekend and they are delicious, even four days later. I'm not crazy for pumpkin like some of you hard-core PSL lovers, but I do enjoy a little here and there. The crumb topping on these was perfect (see picture above).

7. This weekend should be great. My mom is coming into town from Modesto on Friday and I think we are going to stop by the homecoming game at work for a bit. Saturday we are going to a pumpkin farm that has lots of activities for Sawyer, and then on Sunday we're meeting one of my oldest and bestest friends from elementary school to walk around Back Bay in Newport and then do brunch (or who are we kidding? We might just go to Sprinkles). I am going to get basically nothing done, though, so I really need to take advantage of the next two days. 

8. I have made an important decision. I am ditching my Mizunos and going back to Asics. I ran in a pair last night that are super, super old, but it felt like walking on a cloud. I'm sure basically no one knows what this mean. It's okay.

9. Confession: my new favorite running song is The Weeknd's Starboy. 

10. I just paid way too much money for three tickets for Day Out With Thomas. Yes, that's right, Thomas the MOTHER-EFFING Tank Engine. WHAT HAS MY LIFE COME TO? I need to plan something stat to counteract this. 


  1. Sally's pumpkin coffee cake loaf is so very, very good, so I'll have to give those muffins a try too!

  2. Oh, I enjoyed Did You Ever Have a Family.

    Love the look of those muffins, and the pumpkin farm sounds like fun. I love this time of year!

  3. I had to Google Orange Theory... never heard of such a thing.

    I browsed Anthropologie dresses just last night and the one that caught my eye was $598. Needless to say it will never be found in my wardrobe (exchange rate plus postage = approx $750 for a sundress!)

  4. I have always been a big fan of pumpkin pie, but not quite to the level people are into pumpkin spiced everything.

  5. Omg. That dress! So pretty. I've never been a dress person but Anthro and WHBM are my Achilles heel.

    I ditched my mizunos for sauconys a few years ago. I know exactly what you're talking about! So cloud like.

  6. LOL @ the Thomas thing. He came through back in the spring and I debated getting tickets but $100 for the three of us to go?! To a park we already have season passes to too!! I figured I'd wait till he's a little bit older to go. He'd be over the moon now if we went. You'll have to let me know how it is :)

  7. That dress is everything~and up here in Alberta we have PTI coming up soon too - great taste and now I have to force some self control!

  8. Taking the high road f-ing sucks. I'm taking the high road on a number of things right now, but honestly, it's doing nothing for my internal rage factor.

  9. I took Ethan on the Thomas the train a few (or more) years ago. yes, expensive, but oh so fun. i've also been dying to do OT class, but they are super far from me too - 35 minutes and no child care, so that kills it for me. They keep calling me too...ugh...